THE ANDROID BASED pocket sized Gamestick games console has been delayed and will not be in backers' hands this June.
We were expecting the console earlier than June, but you know how these things go. That month now must make way for August.
Still, that's probably not bad for a product that has only been in production for 158 days. The delay is to be taken as good news, of course, because it is a result of all the hard work being pumped into the controller console.
In an email sent to Kickstarter backers the firm said that delays to the first run of consoles, called the Designed by Me units, have pushed back production on all models.
"We have [taken] the decision to push back the whole project by [one] month to ensure we can fit this process in. We appreciate that this will frustrate backers keen to get their hands on their device but we did not feel it was fair to bypass this step as it was a key pledge and the feedback will be really welcome," it said.
"We now expect to ship product from China during early August and expect it to be with you by the middle of the month, prior to units launching in retail."
There are a number of positives that can be associated with the delay. For example, tooling has been completed, and the finishing of this "major phase" will let the firm produce thousands of devices a day.
The company has also tinkered with the controller, and you can remove the thumbstick caps for customisation. There is also the possibility for more colours as long as there are at least 2,000 people interested each one.
"Generally we are extremely happy with the way the project is shaping up and excited at how close to the finish line we have come - it's amazing how quickly time has flown," added the firm.
"We appreciate how this further delay will disappoint a number of you but equally we have faith that the vast majority will recognize the hard work that the team is putting in to deliver a great product. We received funds just 158 days ago and while at the outset we thought we could finish this in a far shorter time-frame, we remain incredibly proud as a team of what we have accomplished in such a short space of time." µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
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